Phoebe is not alone; school bullying-related suicide is all too common and may need to be addressed by sources outside the school. It is almost incomprehensible that even one young person should die over something that is entirely preventable: bullying. It won't be easy; many new age bullies are popular, smart, good students and good athletes. To compound the problem, many have parents that support their bullying behaviors.
Teachers and school officials are mandated reporters when they learn that a child is being abused. While bullying does not fall under the legal definition of abuse, in my opinion it is abuse. Bullying relies on secrecy and denial and as long as bullying is not intentionally dealt with, it will continue. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org